NAVAL NEWS AUGUST 2021

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The Russian Defense Ministry plans to expand the capabilities of project 20380 corvettes. The Izvestia daily said the warships may be armed with unmanned underwater craft to fight mines. The Defense Ministry is considering the issue, but has made no final decision so far. In case of successful trials, the first underwater craft will be supplied to the Aldar Tsydenzhapov corvette of the Pacific fleet. It is the first corvette of the upgraded project 20380 equipped with multirole radar of Zaslon Company. The warship joined the Navy in December 2020.

According to a press release published by Boeing on August 3, 2021, a Boeing-led team has demonstrated manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) capabilities in a virtual environment using the Navy’s MQ-25TM StingrayTM unmanned aerial refueler, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne command-and-control aircraft and the F/A-18 Super Hornet.

According to a press release published by Iridium Communications Inc. on August 4, 2021, the company announced that the Canadian Coast Guard has adopted Iridium Certus® connectivity with support from Iridium partner MetOcean Telematics. 

According to information published by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency on August 2, 2021, the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of India of Harpoon Joint Common Test Set (JCTS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $82 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

According to a tweet published by Ace Jace on August 3, 2021, the Turkish Navy is to put the TCG Ufuk (A-591) to service after its sea trials. The TCG Ufuk is being referred to as an "Intelligence Ship" where some are speculating about this being based on "Electronic Warfare“ capabilities.

According to information published by the German Federal Foreign Office on August 2, 2021, the Brandenburg-class frigate Bayern left the North-West German port of Wilhelmshaven for Asia. On a voyage lasting around six months, the ship will join in maritime monitoring of the UN sanctions against North Korea, dock at ports in partner countries and take part in multilateral activities.

According to a press release published by Northrop Grumman on July 30, 2021, Northrop Grumman Corporation is continuing production of Launcher Subsystem hardware in support of the Columbia and Dreadnought common missile compartment (CMC) program. The company was awarded an additional $69 million not to exceed contract modification in support of the program in March of this year.

According to information published by the U.S. Department of Defense on August 2, 2021, Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded an $117,686,514 modification (P00002) to a firm-fixed-price order (N0001921F0841) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001921G0017). This order provides non-recurring engineering and field services representative efforts to bring 12 MH-60R aircraft from standard Foreign Military Sales (FMS) configuration to a Republic of Korea Navy configuration.

According to a press release published by Lockheed Martin on August 3, 2021, the company has entered into teaming agreements with key Greek industrial partners, in support of the Hellenic Navy Modernization program. These agreements include specific areas of collaboration matched to partner capabilities and will enable the Greek – U.S. industry team led by Lockheed Martin to quickly begin work on this important program.

According to a press release published by Northrop Grumman on August 2, 2021, the U.S. Navy has successfully completed the first live fire of the Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range (AARGM-ER) from a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet. 

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